Does Your Baby Have Pierced Ears? Why not a Tattoo?
By: Papa K
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Does Your Baby Have Pierced Ears? Why not a Tattoo?
by Papa K
My wife and I decided recently that our daughter was now old enough to get a tattoo. I have 19 tattoos myself so I’m not particularly opposed to the idea.
So, after a quick phone call to my artist to set an appointment, we arrived at my favorite tattoo shop where I’ve been working on getting my Marvel superhero leg sleeve completed for several years now. I showed my daughter some of the artwork the tattoo artists had drawn up and flipped through some pages in the photo albums they have displayed to showcase some of the finer tattoos they’ve encased into the skin of willing participants.
She sat there wide eyed and looked as though she was having second thoughts.
“It’s just like getting stuck with a clothes pin hundreds of times honey,” I assured her, “It doesn’t hurt THAT bad. You’re a big girl. You’ll get over it.”
Around this time, my tattoo artist came over to see what he could help us with. It was at this moment that he noticed my daughter.
“Oh,” he said, “No kids in the shop man! Sorry!”
I backpedalled, “Wait a minute dude… when I called you I said I was bringing in my daughter to get a tattoo you said that was totally cool!”
“THIS… is your daughter? How old is she?”
“She turned two years old in July.” I said condescendingly.
A completely miffed look passed over my tattoo artist’s face which quickly transcended into a furrowed brow and a slight tilt of his head. He then asked, “You are going to let your two-year-old get a tattoo?”
“Absolutely,” I responded, “Her mother and I think it’s time.”
He nodded, “Well you guys are the parents! Sooooooooooo… I guess there’s nothing much more I can say!”
He’d apparently never been approached to tattoo a two-year-old because he sat there rather flabbergasted for a moment while simultaneously tracing the outline of the shark tattoo that was emblazoned on his forearm.
He finally broke the silence, “What is she thinkin’ about getting?”
“Well… she really likes Ming-Ming from ‘The Wonder Pets’”, I said while I smiled and looked down at my beautiful two-year-old daughter……..
My little girl and her tattoo!
Before you go calling the authorities on me for tattooing my two-year-old please allow me to make a point: how many little newborn babies have you seen with their ears pierced? Probably more than you’ve seen that have been tattooed!! But hey… that’s not the point.
The point is, at what age are little kids able to discern whether they want to make certain body modifications to themselves?
I’ve chosen the age of two… or when they’ve built a vocabulary somewhere around 500 words. My child is extraordinarily smart with a vocabulary somewhere around 5000 words (5121 actually… but who’s counting) and can communicate with her mother and I quite effectively. It is because of this that I believe she’s reached that age where she can make a “wrong” or “right” decision!
When I asked her if she wanted a tattoo she said without question, “Yes!”
When we were in the tattoo shop talking with the artist she never said, “No daddy, I want to go home!”
While the artist was jettisoning ink into the sub-layers of her epidermis, she never said, “DADDY MAKE IT STOP!” or “STOP IT HURTS”! While this might have been, she was too busy screaming at the top of her lungs… I prefer to think she was learning a valuable life lesson: don’t ever thrash around while getting tattooed. Ming-Ming wound up looking more like a dirty thumbprint.
The afternoon after we got her tattooed I asked her if she wanted to get her ears pierced. She asked, “Daddy… does it hurt like getting tattooed?”
I have my ears pierced too so I could tell her from experience, “Yes honey… but not quite as bad as being tattooed”.
After she got done crying from sheer excitement through reliving the tattooing process of the previous afternoon, she exclaimed that she didn’t feel much like getting her ears pierced today.
“That’s my grown up, two-year-old girl,” I thought to myself, “Making decisions all on her own”.
I’m just a proud, proud papa.
POSTSCRIPT: Just so you know, I absolutely DID NOT get my two-year-old tattooed. The closest thing to a tattoo she’s going to get while she’s living in my house are the temporary kind. So please call off the attack dogs… I was joking.
I was simply trying to paint a picture.
That would be me and my REAL daughter… with no tattoos
The picture I was painting was an EXTREME case scenario of myself seemingly under the impression that my daughter actually wanted to get a tattoo at age two!! By doing this I wanted to draw similarities between it and when parents get their newborn child’s ears pierced!! As a 30-year-old who just got my ears pierced… I can attest that it hurts.
I DO KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that a week old baby is not going to particularly want to endure something as unfamiliar as the pain associated with getting their ears pierced. Personally, I don’t think it’s all that humane! I’d rather have my daughter reach an age of reason where she can make a decision on her own if she wants to endure the pain to get the end result.
But that’s just me.
What do you think?
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